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Prehistoric Cave Art

June 30, 2014

Prehistoric Cave Art

“A cave in southern France dubbed the ‘prehistoric Sistine Chapel’ has been added to Unesco’s World Heritage list.

The 1,000 drawings carved in the walls of the Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, or Grotte Chauvet, are 36,000 years old and include mammoths and hand prints.

Cave experts only discovered it in 1994 as the entrance had been concealed by a rockfall 23,000 years earlier.”

— ‘”Prehistoric Sistine Chapel’ gets world heritage status,” BBC News

More:

“The Vallon-Pont-d’Arc cave: The world’s oldest decorated cave,” The Vallon Pont-d’Arc Cave Project

“La Grotte ornée Chauvet-Pont d’Arc,” UNESCO World Heritage Centre

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